George Stephanopoulos Named 'Good Morning America' Anchor

"Chris Cuomo has done it all, from newscasts in the morning to covering major events from the field (around the country and around the world), to powerful primetime reporting," Westin said. "He will continue to be one of the first people we turn to when news happens."

Cuomo has received more than a dozen journalism awards, including the Loeb Award for business reporting, as well as multiple Emmy nominations and awards. A New York native and licensed attorney, Cuomo received his law degree from the Fordham University School of Law in New York City, and his undergraduate degree from Yale University. Cuomo resides in New York City with his wife and two children.

Stephanopoulos will take over as co-anchor of "GMA" as Diane Sawyer leaves the show to assume the anchor duties at "World News." Sawyer is succeeding Charles Gibson, 66, who announced in September his plans to step down from the anchor desk at "World News" and retire from full-time employment at ABC News. Gibson began anchoring "World News" in May 2006 and has worked for the news division for 34 years.

Sawyer, 63, joined ABC News in February 1989, as co-anchor of "Primetime." In addition to that assignment, she was named co-anchor of "Good Morning America" in January 1999.

'Good Morning America' Through the Years

Sawyer has interviewed every president since President George H. W. Bush, including President Obama, and has handled an array of breaking news and special events, including Sept. 11 and the 2008 presidential election. She brought morning viewers live and exclusive reports from inside North Korea, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia.

"One cannot describe all that she has done for 'GMA;' nor can we fully express our gratitude," Westin said. "The best way to honor what Diane has done -- and what Charlie did before and with her -- is to continue the great tradition while building on the foundation they have laid. This new team will do just that."

Click here for coverage of Diane Sawyer's last week on "GMA."

"Good Morning America" premiered Nov. 3, 1975, with co-anchors David Hartman and Nancy Dussault. Over the years, the broadcast's anchors have also included Charles Gibson, Joan Lunden, Sandy Hill, Lisa McRee and Kevin Newman. Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts made network television history as the first female co-anchor team.

Click here for photos of "GMA's" anchors through the years.

"GMA" was the first morning show to broadcast live from the Pentagon, from the FBI's training facility in Quantico, Va.; and from the Centers for Disease Control's command center tracking the H1N1 virus. The show also broadcast live from a moving train when "GMA" hit the rails as part of ABC News' "50 States in 50 Days" initiative.

"Good Morning America" was honored with Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Morning Program in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

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